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Assistant Ecologist

  • Job reference: R-028959
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Epsom

Atkins won the CIEEM 2018 Large-Scale Consultancy of the Year Award and is a finalist in 2019 – we are also one of the world’s leading engineering, design and project management consultancies. We work on challenging and exciting projects across a range of market sectors including transportation, cities, water, energy and defence.

To meet our growing project workload we are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Assistant Ecologist to be based in our Epsom office, joining over 90 other ecologists based UK wide.

Atkins Ecology is at the forefront of innovation and technological advances, and actively encourage staff to contribute and develop new ideas. Our team and projects have won awards and commendations for biodiversity enhancements, innovation and knowledge sharing.


What you will be doing

  • Undertaking Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys;
  • Planning and co-ordinating field surveys, analysing and interpreting survey results;
  • Working with design teams and planning and co-ordinating ecological mitigation works;
  • Undertaking reporting including Preliminary Ecological Assessments and Ecological Impact Assessments;
  • Managing work enquiries, preparing bids and building client relationships;
  • Leading on small projects and managing project budgets across different sectors; and
  • Collaborating with our multi-disciplinary teams within the region.

About you

Ideally, you would have the following qualifications and/or attributes:

  • A degree in ecology or closely related field;
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM);
  • Good working knowledge of UK and EU Wildlife Legislation, planning policies, licensing requirements and best practice survey techniques;
  • Be capable at undertaking a range of surveys and reporting for Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, Ecological Impact Assessment;
  • Great crested newt survey licence would be beneficial;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • A full valid UK/EEC driving licence.

What we offer

Atkins strives to ensure their staff maintain a work-life balance, is supportive of flexible working arrangements and utilises a TOIL and paid overtime system, which allows ecologists to manage their time alongside the business need.

In addition to competitive core benefits, Atkins operates a flexible benefits programme which includes the ability to buy up to 15 days of extra holiday each year, a cycle to work scheme and a 24/7 confidential Employee Assistance Programme, private health care, amongst many other options.

Atkins is committed to developing the knowledge and skills of our ecologists. As well as providing a training budget, the successful candidate will benefit from tailored mentoring and support towards achieving their career goals, such as Chartership and beyond.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview. 

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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